Essential Reads

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.

Tips for Parents of Trans Kids: Lessons from 'Real Boy'

Parenting a transgender child has challenges that are unique to that experience. The documentary 'Real Boy' offers some supports and insights for parents.
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Suicide Is a Scary Word

Passive thoughts of suicide should alert every therapist to the possibility that darkness is looming.
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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Understanding Skirt Club

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Stepmonster
Can an all-women's sex party help us understand our deeper selves?

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.
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Surprise! Nagging Your Spouse to Lose Weight Backfires

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on May 22, 2017 in Scientocracy
Sometimes the worst way to keep people from engaging in harmful behaviors is to tell them to avoid those behaviors.

Who Is Having Threesome Sex?

Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.

Do Selfies Make Us Self-Conscious?

A new study explores how taking and sharing selfies can make us more attuned to how others’ see us.

The Wisdom of "It's Not My Fault"

When we are not caught in self-blame, we are free to love this life. Opening to the possibility of "It’s not my fault" creates space for deep inner freedom.

Does the Popularity of Emoji Mean We Are Getting Dumber?

The rise and rise of Emoji makes us more effective communicators in the digital age.

The 5 Worst Email Mistakes and the 5 Best Ways to Avoid Them

Email can be dangerous territory, which can make or break your personal and work life. New research on email etiquette shows how important its proper use can be.

Want to Be Healthy? Get Rich!

In almost every single way, socioeconomic status is a significant predictor of positive health outcomes. We better figure out how to change that.

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense

What might have been happening inside the rock star's mind.
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Survival of the Scaredest

Why are we more afraid of insects than guns? Our emotions and perceptions are evolutionary products, and we can blame genetics for our infested minds.
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10 Keys to Recovery

The must-haves for recovery from mental illness or addiction.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends?

If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?

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